I'm in my third week of my NQT post. My observations haven't started yet (urgh) but I'm sure I'll get the same and worse. It's tiredness! When you're absolutely knackered, you just feel and act flat. And when you have an impossible workload to do, everything starts to slip and your lessons simply can't be planned in as much detail and they start to get flat, too. And you know they're not as engaging as they could be, if you had the time to dedicate to your planning. And you know the kids know the lessons aren't that exciting. This makes you flat, too. So, really, this isn't advice as much as sympathy. But here's hoping that when everything is not so new and scary and we're not doing everything for the first time anymore, we can have more sleep, more of a life and be able to pour loads more creativity back into our planning. I am DEFINITELY in the 'survival stage'. I know I'm thinking about what I'M doing - because I'm working so hard just to get through the day and week - when I should be fixed on the chn's learning. I know that's bad and I suppose it's good to identify it but it shouldn't be like this at all. When I was training, I had a mentor who (was really LOVELY, but!) used to tell me what not to do without any suggestions for what to do. I got so upset about it that I just badgered and badgered him for time set aside to chat about it, and then I went on and on haha until he gave me actual examples. In the end, he made suggestions AND then I observed how HE did them with the class. This was BRILLIANT - no room for breakdowns in communications at all, so precise and helpful - and no way he could have suggested anything he wouldn't have been bothered to try himself. I know it depends on your relationship with your mentor, but if at all possible, ask to see them put the suggestions into effect themselves. Good luck!